Silver Five Ounces 2018 Red Dragon of Wales, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Five Ounces 2018 Red Dragon of Wales, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Five Ounces 2018 Red Dragon of Wales

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The five ounce (5 oz) silver coins are denominated as ten pounds (£10).

The coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at bullion investors or collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art. The coins are typically "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs.

This coin type is the third from a series of ten coin designs known as the Queen's Beasts.

The Queen's Beasts are British coins issued by the Royal Mint in platinum, gold, and silver since 2016. Each of the coins in the series features a stylized version of one of the heraldic Queen's Beasts statues present at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II representing her royal line of ancestry. It was announced that engraver Jody Clark will design the entire series; he is best known for also designing the Queen's Fifth definitive portrait, which is on the obverse of the coins - so he is in the rare position of having designed both sides.

The Queen's Beasts heraldic statues representing the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II stood in front of the temporary western annexe to Westminster Abbey for the Queen's coronation in 1953. Each of The Queen's Beasts consists of an heraldic beast supporting a shield bearing a badge or arms of a family associated with the ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II. They were commissioned by the British Ministry of Works from sculptor James Woodford. The statues were uncoloured except for their shields at the coronation. They are now on display in the Canadian Museum of History. There are other statues of the Queen's Beasts, sometimes referred to as the King's Beasts, at Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens in London, and on the roof of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The Red Dragon of Wales (Welsh: Y Ddraig Goch) was a badge used by Owen Tudor, after the story of the dragon on Llewelyn the Last's castle grounds. His grandson, King Henry VII, took it as a token of his supposed descent from Cadwaladr, the last of the line of Maelgwn. During the reigns of the Tudor monarchs, the red dragon was used as a supporter in the English Crown's coat of arms (one of two supporters, along with the traditional English lion). The beast holds a shield bearing a lion in each quarter; this was the coat of arms of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales.

The silver five-ounce Red Dragon of Wales coin was issued in a black presentation box, in Proof FDC grade; Royal Mint Product Code: UK18QDS5, issue price: £415.00.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Five Ounces 2018 Red Dragon of Wales - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Five Ounces 2018 Red Dragon of Wales - reverse photo

The reverse features a dynamic depiction of the rearing Red Dragon of Wales, facing left. The beast holds a shield bearing a lion in each quarter; this was the coat of arms of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales.

Around below, the inscription RED DRAGON OF WALES. Around above, interrupted by the dragon's head, the date · 2018 ·.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in the lower right field next to the shield.

Reverse Inscription RED DRAGON OF WALES · 2018 ·
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage as of March 2021, not final. 407 plus 250 "first release" (presumably not included in the 407?).

See also

Coins in the Queen's Beasts series featuring the Red Dragon of Wales include:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Red Dragon of Wales, 2017
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Red Dragon of Wales, 2017
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 10 oz Silver Bullion, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Red Dragon of Wales, 2017
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 1/4 oz Silver Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2021
- £5 Copper-Nickel Brilliant Uncirculated, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018

Silver Five Ounces 2018 Red Dragon of Wales: References to Information Used
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All (63) coins of type: Silver Five Ounces (5 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Five Ounces 2012 London Olympics 5,056 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG F · D · TEN POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2012 Diamond Jubilee 1,933 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · TEN POUNDS
Silver Five Ounces 2013 Britannia 4,054 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Silver Five Ounces 2013 Coronation Anniversary 1,604 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D TEN POUNDS · 2013
Silver Five Ounces 2013 Prince George Christening 912 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG F · D · TEN POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2014 Year of the Horse 799 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Silver Five Ounces 2014 WW1 - Outbreak 606 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG F · D TEN POUNDS
Silver Five Ounces 2014 Britannia 1,348 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Silver Five Ounces 2015 Year of the Sheep 331 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Silver Five Ounces 2015 Churchill 605 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 10 POUNDS · 2015
Silver Five Ounces 2015 World War One 355 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN POUNDS · 2015
Silver Five Ounces 2015 Britannia 995 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2016 Year of the Monkey unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2016 WW1 - Poetry and Language unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2016 Shakespeare 343 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2016 Queen's 90th Birthday 1,727 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2016 Britannia 783 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Year of the Rooster 369 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Platinum Wedding 963 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · TEN POUNDS
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Sapphire Jubilee 1,445 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2017 WW1 Centenary 344 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Lion of England 674 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Unicorn of Scotland 458 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Britannia 656 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Year of the Dog 224 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Four Generations 383 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Sapphire Jubilee 583 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Armistice unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Red Dragon of Wales 657 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Black Bull of Clarence 459 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Britannia 430 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Year of the Pig unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Victoria and Albert unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Legend of the Ravens unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Ceremony of the Keys unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Yeoman Warders unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Crown Jewels unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Falcon of the Plantagenets unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Yale of Beaufort unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 The Three Graces 510 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat 188 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 White Lion of Mortimer unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 White Horse of Hanover unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 James Bond 440 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Music Legends - Queen unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Music Legends - Elton John 425 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
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Silver Five Ounces 2018 Red Dragon of Wales: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Five Ounces (5 oz)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value10 (x Pound)
Total Mintage657
Mintage Limit500
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.000 mm
Mass156.300 g
OCC IDRNAZ-OGWC-YVVL-OXJL
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